B.Mus (Sir Wilfred Laurier), COC-Young Artists Prg.
[ON LEAVE FOR 2016-2017]
Soprano, Kathleen Brett, has performed extensively throughout the Americas and Europe excelling in a wide range of repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary works. Prominent among her many appearances in opera houses in Canada, she sang the role of Romilda, in Handel’s Xerxes with Canadian Opera Company, Blanche in Les Dialogues de Carmelites, also Musetta in La Boheme, with Vancouver Opera, and Pamina, in Die Zauberflote, with L’Opera de Montreal. She also performed the role of Amarilli, in Il Pastor Fido with Toronto’s famed Baroque company, Opera Atelier, the title role in Romeo et Juliette with Calgary Opera and Micaela in Carmen with Edmonton Opera.
A frequent guest in many leading American opera houses, she debuted at Lincoln Center In Gluck’s Orphee Et Eurydice, with L’Opera Francais de New York. She sang the role of Susanna, in Le Nozze di Figaro with New York City Opera, Despina, Cosi Fan Tutte with Boston Baroque – a role which she reprised at Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She sang the role of Nannetta, in Falstaff with Los Angeles Opera, Pamina, in Die Zauberflote, with Dallas Opera, and Kristina in Janacek’s The Makropulos Case with San Francisco Opera. A principal guest artist in many European opera houses, she sang at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Ghent and Rotterdam, at the Kulturherbst Festival in Jennersdorf, Austria, with the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra and with L’Opera de Monte Carlo where her roles include, Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro, Pamina (Die Zauberflote), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Dorinda (Orlando), Semele) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Miss Brett has collaborated with some of the finest conductors of our day; Armin Jordan, Bernard Haitink, Trevor Pinnock,, Yves Abel, Rene Jacobs, Mark Minkowski, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Sergei Comissiona, to name a few. She is found frequently on the concert platform performing with many Canadian and American symphony orchestras including those of The National Arts Centre, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, and Philiadelphia in a variety of orchestral programs and works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach St.Matthew Passion, Bach Cantatas, Vivaldi Gloria, Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Mozart Requiem and Concert arias. Miss Brett divides her time between teaching and performing. She is on the voice Faculty of the Victoria Conservatory of Music and is a regular guest teacher at numerous young artist programs in Europe and in Canada.